Reddit Commenter’s Fight for Anonymity Is a Win for Free Speech and Fair Use

Reddit Commenter’s Fight for Anonymity Is a Win for Free Speech and Fair Use By Alex Moss A fight over unmasking an anonymous Reddit commenter has turned into a significant win for online speech and fair use. A federal court has affirmed the right to share copyrighted material for criticism and commentary, and shot down arguments that Internet users from outside the United States can’t ever rely on First Amendment protections for anonymous speech. EFF represents the Reddit commenter, who uses the name “Darkspilver.” A lifelong member of the Jehovah’s…

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Five Years in Prison for Offending Someone Online (And Other News From The Twilight Zone)

Five Years in Prison for Offending Someone Online (And Other News From The Twilight Zone) By Simon Black, Sovereign Man Let the weekly absurdity begin! New SAT scoring will combat Asian privilege The infamous SAT has been used since 1926 as a sort of university entrance exam to objectively test high school students’ scholastic aptitude. Until now. Test administrators announced plans this week to include an ‘adversity score’ for every student taking the SAT. This score will excuse poor test results if the student lives in a high crime neighborhood,…

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Canada Joins the Authoritarian Censorship Agenda

Canada Joins the Authoritarian Censorship Agenda By Kurt Nimmo Here’s how the Canadians will deal with citizen journalism and narrative debunking—they’ll force the taxpayers to subsidize corporate news rackets. “Federal agencies will publish an A-list of newspapers and websites deemed reliable under a multi-million dollar subsidy program, the Department of Finance yesterday told the Senate national finance committee,” reports an Ottawa website, Blacklock’s Reporter. Bill C-97 the Budget Implementation Act proposes a 15 percent tax credit to a maximum $75 for subscribers of websites operated by a “qualified Canadian journalism…

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Singapore Parliament Approves “Anti-fake News” Law, Raising Concerns About Free Speech

Singapore Parliament Approves “Anti-fake News” Law, Raising Concerns About Free Speech By Mong Palatino Singapore’s parliament approved the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) on May 8, 2019. Commonly known as the anti-fake news law, POFMA gives broad, unchecked powers to government ministers to determine what online information is “false” and demand that it be censored or corrected. The Ministry of Law says the legislation will help stop the circulation of “deliberate online falsehoods” which it says are being used “to divide society, spread hate, and weaken democratic…

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Freedom Of Speech Is About More Than The First Amendment

Freedom Of Speech Is About More Than The First Amendment Op-Ed by Gary Chartier Facebook’s recent bans on controversial figures including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and Infowars host Alex Jones have evoked strikingly varied responses in different corners of the libertarian world. “Thin,” or “brutalist,” libertarians often seem to think that nothing really matters very much apart from the unjust use of force. They vigorously protest criticisms of private actors’ nonviolent choices, along with any attempt to involve the state in remedying perceived (nonviolent) private wrongs. However, ironically,…

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Offended By What Someone Said? Now You Can Report Them To Law Enforcement

Offended By What Someone Said? Now You Can Report Them To Law Enforcement By MassPrivateI Soon free speech will be a thing of the past in paranoid America. DIGIT Lab’s “Hate Incident Reporting” app promises to turn complete strangers into secret, hate speech/bias spies. Watch what you say, because the person sitting next to you could be reporting you to law enforcement. Gone are the days when Americans were unafraid to voice their opinions or make snide comments in public. Because DIGIT Labs will turn smartphones into bias reporting devices. According to…

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Facebook to Ban Users Who Share Infowars Content Unless It Is “Explicitly Condemning” It

Facebook to Ban Users Who Share Infowars Content Unless It Is “Explicitly Condemning” It By Matt Agorist In one of the most disturbing moves by Facebook we’ve ever seen, the platform banned Alex Jones and other controversial U.S. political personalities for violating the social media company’s policies on “dangerous individuals and organizations.” Most of the individuals who’ve been unilaterally wiped off the face of the largest social media space in the world are far right activists like Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer and Paul Joseph Watson. However, in a seeming move…

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Netizen Report: If Protecting Your Privacy is “Part of a Conspiracy,” Then We’re All in Big Trouble

Netizen Report: If Protecting Your Privacy is “Part of a Conspiracy,” Then We’re All in Big Trouble By Netizen Report Team The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in technology and human rights around the world. This report covers news and events from April 04 – April 19, 2019. On April 11, two arrests were made in cases that could set game-changing legal precedents threatening online privacy and free speech protections. The first case made headlines worldwide: WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was arrested…

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Orwellian Hate Crime Database to Be Set Up For Thought Criminals in Michigan

Orwellian Hate Crime Database to Be Set Up For Thought Criminals in Michigan Op-Ed by Joe Wright Only in a world where the novel 1984 has become the evening news can we get a state’s Attorney General working with the Department of Civil Rights to create a database for people committing “hate and bias incidents that don’t rise to the level of a crime or civil infraction.” This “hate crimes unit” apparently comes on the advice of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which issued a report about a rise…

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The Assault on Campus Free Speech Doesn’t Just Come from Liberals

The Assault on Campus Free Speech Doesn’t Just Come from Liberals By Elias Atienza The free speech wars flared up again in March when President Donald Trump signed an executive order tying federal research funding to protections for free speech on college campuses. Many conservatives see the free speech battle as a partisan affair, with endless media coverage of leftist protesters shouting down speakers or shutting down venues. But this narrative doesn’t tell the entire story: free speech is under attack from the right, too. Free Speech Is a Two-Way…

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